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'Rarest white diamond ever' to be sold in London

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LONDON A flawless diamond, the size of a large strawberry, is expected to fetch a world record price when it comes to market at Sotheby's in London this month.

Slimmed-down 'fatberg' goes on display in London museum 09 Feb 2018

LONDON Pieces of a 130-tonne "fatberg", a ball of fat and waste that was discovered in a London sewer in late 2017, have gone on display at a museum in the city.

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Israeli archaeologists unearth 1,800-year-old mosaic 08 Feb 2018

CAESAREA, Israel A 1,800-year-old mosaic of toga-clad men dating back to the Roman era has been unearthed in Israel, archaeologists said on Thursday.

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Lagos art lovers get chance to bid for long-lost masterpiece found in London 08 Feb 2018

LONDON/LAGOS A portrait of a Nigerian princess that was lost for more than 40 years has been found in a London flat and will be sold at an auction screened live in Lagos, allowing Nigerian art lovers to make bids direct from the West African mega-city.

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China's terracotta warriors march to Liverpool museum 06 Feb 2018

LIVERPOOL, England Figures from China's famed Terracotta Army go on display in a museum in Liverpool this week, a decade after the life-sized sculptures were first showcased in Britain to throngs of visitors.

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Paris atelier provides safe haven for exiled artists 03 Feb 2018

PARIS Paris, whose bohemian culture attracted some of the world's finest painters at the turn of the 20th century, is opening its doors to a new wave of talent, driven its way this time by war and poverty. | Video

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Colossus of ancient Egyptian King Ramses moved to new home, carefully 25 Jan 2018

CAIRO Egypt moved an 83-tonne, 3,200-year-old statue of King Ramses II to the atrium of Cairo's new Grand Egyptian Museum on Thursday in a complex operation undertaken by army engineers and specialist contractors.

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A golden idea? Museum offered 18-karat toilet to Trump: Washington Post 26 Jan 2018

New York's Guggenheim Museum offered to lend an 18-karat gold toilet to President Donald Trump after the White House asked to borrow a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

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Ballet star Acosta's company is part of Cuban arts rebirth 25 Jan 2018

HAVANA Former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta, whose dynamic masculinity on stage exemplified the style of his native Cuba, is breaking more boundaries as his young dance company showcases more foreign choreography in an island-wide cultural revival.

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Louvre shuts Islamic art display due to rising river Seine 25 Jan 2018

PARIS The Louvre museum in Paris closed its basement display of Islamic art on Wednesday following a sharp rise in the level of the river Seine, which has been swollen by weeks of heavy rain. | Video